With an abundance of information and tips on wine, it can be really difficult to know what is true or of any importance. We have therefore chosen our list of the top 4 wine rules that are rubbish, and which can in fact be broken! Whether you agree with them or not is a different matter.
Re-writing wine rules
Never cook with a wine that you wouldn’t drink
Above all else wine should be added to food (such as a sauce) to contribute acidity, fruity depth and liquid volume. You should choose whether you want to cook with a wine or not, don’t be put off by sayings such as this one. It is important to note that wines do taste different when added to a sauce or food, particular flavours are emphasised and obvious on the palate.
Always pair white wines with fish and (yes you guessed it) red wines with meat
This is not always the case. In fact, with so many varieties of wines on offer we can afford to be experimental and see what works and what doesn’t. The key is to assess the lightness/heaviness of a dish as this will help you to choose the appropriate wine pairing. For instance, fish can be quite varied; tuna can be served as a ‘steak’ (heavy in texture) whereas a white-fleshed fish like bass is lighter and more delicate.
Matching the wine to the sauce in a dish is a great way to pair food and wine. Most of the flavours are in the sauce or dressing, so bear this in mind when making your decision. Think about the flavour combinations, for instance a low tannic red wine pairs quite well with spicy food.
You can only really appreciate wine if you are knowledgeable about wine regions and grape varieties
Of course it helps to have some wine knowledge and be able to tell a sweet wine apart from a dry wine, but you do not need to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of wine. The beauty of wine is trying new varieties; so if someone introduces you to a new bottle that you have never heard of, that is great! You can choose what characteristics you liked about it and those you didn’t. Making a written/electronic record of this can help you with future wine tastings.
As long as you enjoy wine that is all that matters. If you’re keen to develop your knowledge then start by trying one grape variety from a number of different countries, then try a different grape variety and so on, then compare likes/dislikes.
Wine should only be consumed with the very best, fancy food
Okay well I will stop you right there. How many times have we seen the lone female drinking a bottle of wine after a break-up? Was there any food present? No. Or if there was, it was most likely a tub of ice cream. The point is, wine can be enjoyed with or without food. It is an enjoyable activity pairing wine with food, but equally a nice glass of chilled wine is fantastic on its own. You can appreciate all of the individual flavours.
We all know that wine goes well with fancy food as well as the homemade pizza or curry. The important thing is whether you enjoy it.
Which wine rules have you broken?
We hope our top 4 rules are well and truly unearthed! Are there any rules which you have broken that we haven’t mentioned? Perhaps you create your own wine drinking rules, do let us know. Leave a comment below or tweet us!